January 14, 2022

The daily bookmark: 14/1/22

There's not a ton of equine-related material on Twitter (horse people definitely seem to favour Instagram & Facebook for their posts), but here's a sample of what I did find that seemed to me noteworthy enough to save:

The indispensible equus asinus

Donkeys are fascinating creatures. They differ significantly from horses: hardier, thriftier, perhaps cleverer and definitely more challenging to work with for all these reasons. They are also a vital element of the transportation infrastructure in many places all over the world. And they are often subject to some very rough treatment: not just beatings, but ill-fitting homemade tack that causes terrible injuries and shoeing practices that are anything but friendly to their feet.

Self-medicating wild horses

Rosa is working with Brenda Holder, a traditional knowledge keeper of plant medicine and member of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

The year-and-a half-long research project consists of field work and data collection. Over the summer, Rosa, Holder, and the two students observed several bands of feral horses in the Sundre area, using a combination of remote cameras and direct observations to see what plants they were eating that may have anti-parasitic properties. They also took samples to determine the parasite loads of the horses; this will allow them to determine if there is a correlation between parasite burden and the plants ingested.